Internet Radio Arrives On Philips Streamium

This up and down product line looks headed in the right direction.

While we have developed great respect for Philips’ products over the years, its Streamium line of wireless audio centres has yet to fully convince.

So it is with some high hopes that we receive news of the new ‘WACS7500’ (left). A stylish makeover of its predecessors, the WACS7500 follows their core concept of firing independent wireless audio streams around the home. Where it does break new ground however is in the new support for Internet radio stations.

To this end, Philips has partnered with BlueBeat, Live365 and Radioio to provide out of the box access to their huge selections of web radio stations while outside of their reach, the virtually limitless haul of web radio broadcasts can be added to the system via the Club Philips website.

An internal 80GB HDD also means music can be downloaded, stored and streamed – while an Ethernet connection allows this content to be backed up remotely. USB is onboard too for plugging in external devices while currently consumers can claim a free iPod/Philips GoGear docking station, which enables music on the portable jukebox to be played back through the WACS7500, while also recharging the player.

Available for £699.99, with individual extenders (right) retailing for £199.99, the WACS7500 is hitting stores now. Of course a similar system can be set-up using a WiFi enabled PC to stream to other desktops/laptops around the home – but it isn’t nearly so elegant.

Should the sound quality hold up, Philips may finally have got its Streamium line right.

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